Apr 11, 2010 10:00pm EDT
their eyes because somebody in a black toyota truck is going to drive by and through acid in their face because they are young girls going to school. that is the kind of stuff, that gets me hot. >> we've gone through this situation in the country where i think there's a lot of discussion right now about our role in afghanistan and that wasn't even through a couple of years ago. it seems to me there was a lot of division about iraq whether we should be there or not but that there was a fair amount of unanimity that afghanistan was the right war, the just war, the place we should have been by partisanship on that issue and yet in the lead up to president obama's decision in december of last year and in the months since we've seen this kind of debate. what do you attribute the change to? >> lack of understanding of what the problem is that it's not war, politics by other means, that americans have to come to grips with is that wars -- war equals also political change and there are certain parts of society that use violence and chaos to create change but that is not with this problem is abo
Apr 12, 2010 6:00am EDT
somebody in a black toyota truck is going to drive by and throw acid in their faces as they are young girls going to school. you know, that's the kind of stuff that gets me excited. >> clearly, we've gone through the situation in a country where i think there's a lot of discussion right now about our role in afghanistan. and that wasn't even true a couple years ago. it seems to me there was a lot of division in iraq whether we should be there or not. but there is a fair amount of unanimity that afghanistan was the right war, that just work on the place where we should've been bipartisanship on that issue. and yet in the lead up to president obama's decision in december of last year and in the months since it seen as boylan today. what do you attribute the change to? >> a lack of understanding of what the real problem is. it is not wars and politics by other means. what americans have to come to grips that is that war equals also political change and there are certain parts of our society that use violence and chaos to create that change, but that's not what this problem is about. step back
Apr 17, 2010 11:00pm EDT
you were at there? >> we drove. >> what kind of car? >> it varies but usually it was a toyota van is the best way i can describe it. it was pretty beaten up and battered. the tribe in afghanistan is like number pool. there is a lot of honking and a lot of cars. i always thought we are about to have an accident at any moment because everybody converges and ships around to try to get through. >> how often were you personally afraid? >> oftentimes i was afraid after-the-fact. there was a time when we were out after curfew early on in 2001 and we were just so frantic to get back into kabul so we could get back but checkpoints. at the time i didn't have the time to be afraid that when we finally got through the mess we had to get through i thought back and i thought we had some close calls. >> who was on the front of this? what is the picture? >> that is actually a picture of an afghan man on a motorcycle on his way to the airbase. it is on the road that leads the bagram airbase. whether or not he is going to bagram or not i don't know. a colleague of mine took this photo from the car.